The Chameleon Effect, Or: The Impact Of A Bad Papacy

More Catholic and less Communist than Francis

I am often led to reflect about the impact that a bad Papacy has on our Western culture, and I would like to spend two words on my reflections.

Like everyone working in the UK, I have a good deal of heathens under my colleagues and acquaintances, and it is perfectly evident to me that Francis is irrelevant to them: they barely know who he is and they do not care about what he says.

Then there are the atheists; who, coming from a Western background rather than from Sri Lanka of Pakistan, very well know who Francis is and in what he differs for his predecessors. However, they do not care about him, either. They think of him and his antics as an evidence that the Pope thinks like them, but even they know all too well that this is not what the Church teaches. They dismiss both as false, and the thing ends there.

The instructed Catholics are horrified by the man. They do not drink that kool-aid at all. They only differ in the degree of public criticism of the Evil Clown: very timid or even cowardly for most, assertive and combative in some. But the horror is the same.

Last, the tepid, wannabe, thin-varnished, hearsay Catholics. They certainly use Francis as an excuse for their becoming even more tepid and even more wannabe than they already are, but this seems to me more the willed acceleration of an erosion process that would be underway anyway, than a change of direction of any sort. Yes, the weakness of the Church may one day cause the disappearance of Catholicism from Countries like Italy of France; however, this would happen not directly because the Pope orchestrated it, but rather very indirectly because the dechristianised people of Europe want it that way in the first place, and being dechristianised don’t even care whether the Pope agrees with them or not.

In short, it seems to me that a bad papacy creates a sort of chameleon effect: it disappears in the background of the atheist, perverted Western world, and exactly in virtue of this disappearance it has little effect on the world at large. The largest impact of a bad papacy is, if you ask me, rather in this: the dismissal and refusal of the role of the Church, of her mission to be an enemy of the world.

Francis is hugely damaging in that he prevents the Church from being a strong force for Catholic truth. But as for actual, active damage, leading people who wish to be good towards a bad life, it seems to me that he does not have this power.

Catholicism stands like a huge block of granite against this idiot, continuously scratching at it with a fork as he shouts “look at me, comrades!”. Only people who hate the granite will ever be impressed, and not even many among them.

If you become like the world you disappear in it. Irrelevance is the price of acquiescence.




Posted on August 10, 2017, in Bad Shepherds, Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Excellent post! Hit nail on the head there Mundabor, thank you.

  2. Pope Francis offers bad Catholics an excuse for bad behavior.

  3. Every once in a while we think, what will the end result of this apostasy be? For my part I can’t imagine it going on for long, or, whatever constitutes “not long” in this world, be that six minutes or six decades. God can of course do whatever He wants with a world largely apostate, but it’s hard to imagine why he would allow it to go on and on. For our part we find significance in the fact that this is the Year of Fatima, and we have a world gone exceedingly mad.

  4. This is a very interesting point. I believe you are correct as to the E.C.’s impact at the macro level. I still worry, though, about the harm he is doing to all those badly catechized souls who really don’t know any better than to be “led” by his silliness. They get no help from their priests or bishops, either. It’s sad.

  5. So there is mass apostasy from the church. I don’t know why this is a problem. It’s been long predicted so clearly it had to happen and now it’s happening. For those that have faith how does this possibly damage your faith. Seems like it should increase it

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